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admonish
1 use
He chose as his text the verses in Ephesians in which St. Paul admonishes us to follow the Lord in good works.†
admonishes = expresses disapproval; or warns or advises
DefinitionGenerally admonish means:
to express disapproval to someone of their actions; or to warn or advise someone
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useBook 1
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arrogant
1 use
He had thin pitiless lips, eyes like a hawk's, and an arrogant manner.†
arrogant = having an excessive sense of superiority
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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conscience
3 uses
My conscience began to be busy.†
conscience = feeling or appraisal of having personally behaved in a morally right or wrong manner
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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deceive
9 uses
"I couldn't deceive him again."†
deceive = lie or mislead
DefinitionGenerally deceive means:
to lie to or mislead someone — occasionally to lie to oneself by denying reality
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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endure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
endured the pain
the idea of it [becoming a doctor] will help you to endure school
endure = to suffer through (or put up with)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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Book1 use
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 3
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however   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
However, complications may...
However, I have found that he has had his own disappointments.†
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
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Book3 uses
Library61 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 2
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2  —1 use as in:
However much she tried...
Kanoro held me for a long moment and then said to me, "However far you go from here, you must carry me with you in your heart."†
however = regardless of how
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
my sister is inclined to be somewhat impetuous
inclined = tends to
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 2
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malicious
3 uses
That was just malicious talk, I am sure.†
malicious = wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 2
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migrate
1 use
Ellie and Arthur had married, and Mr. Pernick shyly confided, "I'm pleased to say I'm engaged, Miss Pritchard, to a charming woman who is particularly knowledgeable about the migrating habits of the Motacilla trochilus."†
migrating = moving from one place to another
DefinitionGenerally migrate means:
move from one place to another — sometimes seasonally
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 3
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mischievous
1 use
The girls were often mischievous, but I didn't dare misbehave.
mischievous = naughtily playful
DefinitionGenerally mischievous means:
playfully causing minor trouble; or describing the smile of someone doing so
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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Nairobi
32 uses
There was a large hospital in Nairobi for white people and another for the native Africans, but the city was a long drive over bad roads.
Nairobi = the capital and largest city of Kenya; a center for tourist safaris
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Book32 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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notify
2 uses
"The mission board will have to be notified," I said.†
notified = told someone about something
DefinitionGenerally notify means:
to tell someone about something — typically in an official manner
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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omit
1 use
That was very instructive, although you would have done well to omit your last words.†
omit = to exclude or neglect something
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 3
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perish
3 uses
What if upon hearing the news he threw up his hands and perished in front of me?†
perished = died, was destroyed, or ceased to exist
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 2
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persecution
1 use
I was awake most of the night, persecuted by a yellow house bat that had found its way into my room and was ricocheting from wall to wall.†
persecuted = treated very badly and unfairly
DefinitionGenerally persecution means:
very bad and unfair treatment of others — usually because of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political beliefs
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useBook 1
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reconcile
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
reconciled herself to
Even if the mission could reconcile itself to sending a woman doctor...
reconcile = to come to terms with
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 3
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
There was none of the doubt she had shown before. ...I think she was resigned.
resigned = having accepted something undesired as unavoidable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useBook 3
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rigorous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a rigorous math class
...she would have no idea of the rigors of running a hospital in Africa.
rigors = difficulties (things that are difficult and demanding)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rigorous means:
difficult and demanding
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useBook 3
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scorn
1 use
We took a taxi across the city to the ship, which looked to me as large as Noah's ark, but Mrs. Pritchard was scornful.†
scornful = full of strong disrespect or rejection
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 2
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